The Hawai‘i SPF-SIG is a program funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, which is administered by the Hawai‘i Department of Health's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Its goal is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse with a focus on childhood and underage drinking. A community development process is being used at the state and county levels that includes five steps: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The overarching concepts of cultural competence and sustainability are addressed throughout the five-step process. The characteristics of the SPF-SIG process include the following:
- Community-level change involving representatives from various sectors within the community
- Capacity and infrastructure to address the issue of underage drinking that can be sustained over time
- Focus on a systematic process of community development, not just on funding and program implementation.
The Center on the Family provides evaluation services for SPF-SIG that include tracking key indicators over time and providing training and technical assistance regarding the program, process, and outcomes. The SPF-SIG program evaluation will be used to (1) determine if Hawai‘i's SPF-SIG desired outcomes have been achieved, (2) assess program effectiveness and service delivery quality, and (3) encourage needed improvement and promote the sustainability of effective programs.